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Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 108
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
101 East Franklin Street, Third Floor
phone: (919) 929-8676
(Place added by: Jason)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3
The place is pretty trendy as you sit on the open 3rd floor patio overlooking the center of Franklin Street. If you enjoy people watching it is quite the find as you perch on a stool in the warm summer evening. The right side of the inside dinning is a backdrop of the normal brewing equipment through a glass wall.
I did not try the food so I cannot comment on how the food tasted but the quality of their beers was poor overall. I found none of their beers to be very appealing.
I find the service of this establishment to be rather slow, it was difficult to get a pint.
I cannot remember whether they have 4 or 5 of their beers normally on tap. But the styles they approached were the standard fair.
Overall I would suggest this for people going out to hang out but not to people who wanted to really enjoy a few good pints.
08-14-2004 16:32:10 |
More by Ninjaworm
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Well, this place is what it is. It's a fun college bar that also happens to brew beer. You've got a bunch of dude/bros in their obnoxious Carolina blue (I'm a Duke fan) as well as a bunch of coeds. There were about 5 house brews on tap when I went, although it seemed like most of the clientele was drinking well drinks, BMC, and other crap. The beer is better than I expected, which is to say it's about average. Some selections were enjoyable, while others were uninteresting. I ordered a mushroom and sausage pizza, and that was pretty good. Prices are about average for the area. It gets crowded, so expect to wait for your beer, and don't expect the server to be very patient. As a final remark, not that I'm looking (getting married soon), but the tail quality here is respectable. If you're a young guy looking to find a nice young lady for...um...pleasant conversation, this is your place. If you're a young woman looking for a nice young guy though, you're probably out of luck because this place is full of Carolina d-bags.
04-29-2011 22:31:11 |
More by nickd717
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5
This place has a great location. It's on the third floor right in the middle of downtown Chapel Hill. The balcony area is a main factor in this establishment's popularity. The interior is nice, the bar is big, and the brewery is very visible through walls of glass.
The beer's and the brewer are of English style. The stout the IPA and the pale are the beers that I would recommend tasting. The brewery doesn't have lagering capabilites, yet a lager is produced here? The brewers are very nice and will come out and chat with you at lunch if they're not too busy.
The food here is very iffy to say the best. I've had good experiences and bad ones. The menu attempts to provide unique choices, most of the dishes are on the expensive side. The clientele and staff are often times arrogant and this makes for an interesting situation (is there a winery here too?)
This place is only a few minutes from my house, but like many other beer nerds in the Chapel Hill area, I would rather hit the Carolina Brewery.
08-14-2003 11:32:00 |
More by beerinator
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$
Top Of The Hill is located on Franklin St on the Third Floor with the entrace off Columbia. You can take the elevator or walk up.
Once up there the place is surrounded by glass or you can plop out on the covered patio (is it a patio when 3 stories up?). The bar area was clean, but a perimeter shelf had no seats and seats were missing at some of the bar area tables. Very odd! The best things were the view and the total lack of smoke.
The taps were pitiful. 6 total taps, 2 blown at the time of the visit. Pale (ESB), IPA, Summer (Lager), and Porter on at the time. We sampled their ESB and their Porter and neither quite cut the mustard. We had free drink coupons for the beers, but the standard price was a bit much for a substandard brew. We sampled the Nachos which were good and a nice complement to the ESB since both were corny.
Ouy server was good, but clueless about the beer. He thought they used roasted barley in all their beers. We didn't have the heart to correct him. It was immediately clear that TOTH is not a beer destination and the beer is not cared for like some other establishments in the area. Nice for people watching though.
07-15-2005 13:56:28 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Having been to Chapel Hill a few times, I was excited to finally hit this place, which makes itself known with its presence for both the physical height, the fact that it's a restaurant and micro brewery, and that it's in the heart of Chapel Hill, nestled between the bars and all the night life one could want from the area.
I went with a few friends, and it's interesting at first that you have to get there, of course, by stairs of the elevator. We ended up taking the elevator. The top floor is fairly dark though with nice lighting, there were lots of attractive women (if, like me, you're into that sort of thing), and the bar was really nice, with many bartenders, lots of booze, and a decent amount of places to actually get a pint of the microbrews on tap. It wasn't too smokey either, which is certainly a plus.
It took us an hour to get a table, which wasn't too bad considering it was a Friday around 7-8 P.M. So we got beers, hung out at the bar, and had a good time hanging out and waiting.
We got a table outside, which was nice for an early November night as the temperature was warm without being too warm, which was just right. Our waitress was very nice, though what surprised me was how fast the food came out. We had 6 people and I swear it was less than 20 minutes, which surprised all of us. Unfortunately, at least for me, that reflected on the food. I got the NY strip which was $19.99 and came with horseradish mashed potatoes and skillet veggies. The potatoes were good, but nothing I couldn't concoct. The veggies were brocolli and that's it--and nothing was all that great about them. The steak was cooked more medium than medium rare, which is what I requested, and it wasn't a $20 cut of meat in my opinion. So the food was definitely disappointing, for me, for the price.
The beers they had were a Wit, an IPA, a Dunkel Weizen, a Lager, some Mango beer, a Porter, and maybe one more. A decent selection, especially for the season. I tried the Wit, which was tasty, especially for a micro.
Overall it's a decent place to go for a party of, I'd say, more than 2. I wouldn't want to go there just on a single date. I'd almost rather go and have a few beers or drinks at the bar, which was the best part about it to me. Not sure I'd be thrilled to go again, especially as far as the food goes (though I can only talk about the NY strip), but it's certainly a place you may want to hit if you're in the area and looking for some microbrews and food.
11-19-2006 00:09:17 |
More by asabreed
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Ok... so this appears to be a trendy hangout for the local college students. We went in the middle of winter seated in the "heated patio" that wasn't so heated... (ok.. the half of my body facing the 'heater' was ok I suppose.) I can see the patio being enjoyable during the warmer months...
They only had a handful of beers available the night I was there. I tried their dark lager and the IPA. The IPA was pretty forgetable, but it wasn't bad. The dark lager was pretty good--decent roasted malt as the main event with a weak change towards the finish to vague hops. Drinkable, but nothing exciting.
The food was actually pretty good..I had a NY strip w/ melted gorgonzola... it was cooked just as I ordered it along with decent sides of potato/vegetable. Others with me enjoyed their meals as well.
Service at the dining table was good, although we didn't go up to the bar due to the crowd... I wouldn't mind going back.
03-18-2004 20:40:54 |
More by Stoo333
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in for an afternoon visit while on business in the Raleigh area. It was a beautiful day for pre-Spring so we sat out on the balcony overlooking the street. Nice place to people watch from above. Arrived around 4:30 and it was relatively busy but not packed so we were able to find a seat right away. The service was slow to say the least. Our eventual server walked by our table several times without even a look or a quick "I'll be right with you." When she did arrive she did not apologize but instead said she though we had beers already, which was strange considering we did not have any glasses on the table we were sitting at. She may have been an exception as it seemed other tables had more attentive servers.
We ordered their IPA and after the barkeeps first pour hit the floor in a pile of glass and beer we finally were served. The beer was good but not spectacular. There was no head above the orange to amber color. The aroma was of grassy hops but not overpowering. The taste was smooth with bitterness from first taste through the finish. It paired nicely with cigars and the sunshine. They do allow smoking here and sell a number of cigars at the bar if you do not bring your own. This seemed to be a popular past time on the balcony.
I would definitely give it another try based on the atmosphere and cigar friendly balcony. I would also like to think that our service was the exception not the rule. The food looked excellent however we did not eat as we were heading to a dinner later on.
03-21-2007 15:56:24 |
More by mgobrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
As a warning before reading, this review will be of my visit here about 2 years ago, so it may be lacking a bit in detail.
I think of TOTH more as a restaurant that happens to brew its own beer than as a brewpub. The setting, on top of and looking out onto franklin st, is great, especially on a nice day. The food is not typical bar/grill fare and is well thought out and well prepared.
During my visit however, there were only 4 beers available on tap. All were good, though not overly noteworthy. With only four house brews, it was hard to think of this as a true brewpub.
Still, a very pleasant setting for a nice dinner or romantic night out. For that alone I would highly recommend it. The beers are just kind of an added bonus. I will have to make a return trip soon myself to see what, if anything, has changed.
01-30-2009 22:55:28 |
More by mechamifune
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Top of the Hill is located on Columbia St where it intersects Franklin St--on the side south or side closest to unc campus on the Third Floor of the building. It is a nice looking establishment with a central bar, wooden floors, an outdoor patio, and a brewhouse behind glass in view of the entire bar.
I went at night. The music plays pretty loud so you have to shout to talk to anyone. It is crowded with lots of people. Very easy to meet people. Not so great to take a date. Because it is so crowded, it is slow service. I can't believe how many lemon wedges I saw plunked into Whites...and that just drives me crazy. The slow service is not really the bartenders fault, they work pretty quickly for the number of orders they get, they just treat the beer with less regard than I would like.
I didn't try the food at all. I'm pretty sure they do serve food though, because there are tables and I noticed waiters, but I don't remember seeing anyone eating anything.
Selection on tap is okay. They are all house brews (5 of them). Tonight was IPA, White, Pale, Summer, and Brown. But there are no outside brews on tap, and I didn't really notice any bottled selection. Pints are $4 a pop. The bar is just a little too trendy for my taste.
08-13-2005 05:45:53 |
More by cracgor
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Came here on a night's stopover when driving home from vacation. My wife & kids ate here & had some beers.
We sat inside because it was hot outside & there's really only one row of seats that are great on the balcony for people watching. It was pretty dark but tastefully decorated. Brewing setup was in glass and visible as were 6 or so large serving vessels. We tried 3 beers, the IPA & porter both on cask and their seasonal saison. Both of the cask beers were solid but not exceptional. The saison was really quite good.
Food was also good -- I had the upscale fried chicken. My wife had the grit cakes with shrimp, my daughter had the goat cheese ravioli, and my son had pizza. Everyone liked their food and the size of the servings was large.
Service was good although I wouldn't say that the server knew a ton about beer, but he was fine. I'd come back if headed through Chapel Hill..
08-10-2010 17:51:28 |
More by mklinger
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